More than 420 sustainability leaders, VIPs and other guests gathered to commemorate the Center for Sustainable Energy’s 20th Anniversary in the brightly decorated Brick event center at San Diego’s Liberty Station on Thursday, Oct. 27. The evening featured fun, music and sustainable cuisine with copious networking and a program hosted by emcee Delana Bennet of the Star 94.1 FM morning show.
During the presentations, speakers praised the center’s many successes and several officials offered proclamations citing CSE’s role in clean energy developments and policymaking.
San Diego County Board of Supervisors Chairman Ron Roberts spoke about the center’s outstanding leadership and role in local sustainability issues, officially declaring “Center for Sustainable Energy Day” throughout the county.
Former San Diego City Councilmember and State Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins read an Assembly resolution congratulating CSE and commending the center for “the vital role it has played in the advancement of the clean energy industry and in improving the quality of life in communities throughout California and beyond.”
The center also received proclamations from the City of San Diego, pledging to “continue to support the efforts of CSE for many years to come,” and from Congressman Scott Peters citing its role in providing clean energy programming and expertise to San Diego.
The evening’s highlight was keynote speaker State Senator Fran Pavley, author of the nation’s leading climate action legislation, Assembly Bill 32, known as California’s Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006, and more recently, Senate Bill 32, signed into law this year that extends California’s landmark greenhouse gas reduction goals.
CSE Executive Director Len Hering presented Pavley with the center’s inaugural Clean Energy Champion award “in honor of the passage of California’s landmark Global Warming Solutions Act and your strong leadership in support of clean energy.” The award is a metal sculpture representing old and new energy ideas featuring a salvaged part of the fossil fuel-fired South Bay Power Plant entwined in flowing ribbons signifying movement toward a future powered by clean energy.
CSE extends its gratitude to everyone who supports our mission and helped make our 20th Anniversary a milestone to remember. We hope you will be part of our clean energy journey for the next 20 years – and beyond.